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Cooking, cleaning, and sewing are homemaking skills that are happily making a resurgence among women-- stay-at-home, single ladies, and working moms alike. Some say that Martha Stewart started it all, but I also think that the cycles of history continue to turn and bring our thoughts back to our ancestors. Our fore-mothers truly had homemaking skills down to an ART, and we can learn so much from their examples! When I married at a young age (Look! I was so cute!), I truly felt that I knew everything I needed to know to run a household. Old-Fashioned Motherhood: Traditional Homemaking Skills Old-Fashioned Motherhood: Traditional Homemaking Skills
This little garden is just a building away from our apartment. Our windows overlook it. For the two years we’ve lived here, we’ve seen it become overgrown with weeds just sitting there wanting to be planted with something. So, one day on my way home from work I approached the super and told him Nic and I would be happy to take over, clean up and plant some veggies back there. He took down my number and I heard from him about a month ago. Nic and I were super excited! The Tiny House Project The Tiny House Project
Making a Coupon Binder Making a Coupon Binder For a couple months now, I've been practicing what I've been calling "extreme-ish couponing." I told myself I wasn't a "real" extreme couponer because A) I still have pretty high standards about what I will and won't buy (no artificial colors or MSG in foods, no artificial fragrances or nasty other chemicals in cleaning or hygiene products) B) I've "only" been saving an average of 30-50% on my shopping orders (this week was 43%) and C) I didn't have a coupon binder, just a little coupon wallet. "C" is no longer true. This past weekend, I broke down and put together a coupon binder. It was just getting too much of a pain to flip through all ninety billion coupons to find one little coupon that I found I needed when I was in the store, like the pistachio coupon I needed a couple weeks ago that I spent about ten minutes searching for when I found an unadvertised sale.
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Chickens in the Road | Author Suzanne McMinn Available now from HarperCollins–Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor, the wild and juicy memoir of my life at Stringtown Rising Farm. (Cows, cookies, high water, and love!) Plus special sections with recipes, crafts, and photographs. Chickens in the Road | Author Suzanne McMinn
Frugally Sustainable A Resource for All Things Frugal and Sustainable Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #20 March 27, 2012 By Andrea 10 Comments The Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday Blog Hop Welcome to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday, this is a blog hop! Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #20 Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #20
Homemade Cleaners For The Bathroom {Peppermint Homemade Cleaners For The Bathroom {Peppermint Bathrooms are busy rooms and if they aren’t maintained daily, it doesn’t take long for them to get grunge-tastic. Here are several tips to help you bring them to a shine (and keep them that way), along with some nice homemade peppermint cleaners you can make. Apply a thin layer of lemon oil to shower doors.
Natural and Thrifty in 365: #179 Jarred Homemade Baking Mixes Natural and Thrifty in 365: #179 Jarred Homemade Baking Mixes Skip the store-bought mixes for muffins and cornbread and make your own. Jar your baking recipes in advance and just add the wet ingredients. Spend less time in the kitchen, save money in your budget and create peace of mind knowing exactly what you are feeding your family. This is a wonderful option for quick breads, brownies, cookies, muffins, and many cookie recipes. What recipes would you jar?
Another Year Without Groceries Another Year Without Groceries We're still working with soft cheeses so no need for a press yet, but you might want to start thinking about getting one or making one as next month we'll be starting with some basic hard cheeses. You will need some cheese molds (forms) though. This month, however, we're going to be working with acid, rennet, cultures and mold! Yes, you heard that right.
Long ago, I read that to live in the country you must have the soul of a poet, the dedication of a saint, and a good station wagon. Today I suppose you'd have to update the station wagon to an SUV, but the fact remains: To live successfully anywhere outside the mainstream of life you must have an unconventional spirit coupled with down-to-earth practicality—a combo that can be hard to find and harder still to balance. I live in the country, but my latest life choices have also involved living in miniature spaces—which presents an additional set of challenges, both to the soul and to practicality. For the last three years I've shared a one-room cabin with a pack of dogs and one outnumbered but boldly unflappable cat. The cabin has an exterior footprint of 409 square feet—nine feet above the minimum my county requires for a residence. Its interior space is about 360 square feet, including closets and cabinet space. The art of living in small spaces by Claire Wolfe 92 The art of living in small spaces by Claire Wolfe 92